New Delhi. The trouble of the New Zealand team (NZ vs IND T20 World Cup 2021) has increased before this Sunday’s match against India in the T20 World Cup. Martin Guptill, the highest run-scorer in T20 for the country, has been injured. Suspense remains on his playing against India. Guptill suffered a toe injury in the match against Pakistan a day earlier. Actually, a ball from Pakistan’s fast bowler Haris Rauf came straight into Guptill’s thumb. In this match, Guptill was dismissed after scoring 17 runs.
New Zealand coach Gary Stead said after the match against Pakistan that we will see how deep his injury is. However, he seems to be in pain and I think the next 24 to 48 hours will be crucial. This is the second setback for the New Zealand team. Before Guptill, fast bowler Lockie Ferguson has also been ruled out of the tournament due to a calf muscle strain.
New Zealand team angry with ICC
Stead said he was disappointed that the International Cricket Council’s technical committee did not approve Adam Milne as Ferguson’s replacement. For this reason Milne could not play the match against Pakistan. He said, “We had a lot of discussions with the ICC about our replacement player. But it didn’t work out. This is disappointing for us. Because Milne was the most suitable player as a replacement for the injured Ferguson. We will talk to the ICC on this issue again.
Important match against India now: Stead
The Kiwi coach is happy with his team’s performance against Pakistan despite the loss. He said that our team fought a good fight. However, now the road ahead will be difficult. Because there will be a tough competition between many more teams to make it to the second place and semi-finals. Now Pakistan is the strongest contender to be on top of the group. There will be a fight between the rest of the teams to stay in second place. In such a situation, our competition with India becomes even more important. If we are successful in defeating India then we will be back on track.